Mindspace Counselling CPCAB Training

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CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Course Length:

Across 1 Year

Course Price:

£1,845 per person

Course Timings:

1x Weekend per month
9:30am to 4:45pm
(See full details below)

Course Location:

In person (Basingstoke)

Start/End Date:

Oct 2024 to July 2025

Awarding Body:


Essential Course Information:

Course Summary

This qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent practice, providing an in-depth focus on working with specific presenting issues. It also equips learners to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

Topics Covered

By the end of the course, candidates will have greater awareness, understanding and skills in enabling them to:

- Work safely, legally and ethically as an independent counsellor
- Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship
- Use theory and research to work with client diversity in independent practice
- Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients
- Work with self-awareness as an independent practitioner
- Use theory, research and skills within a coherent framework for independent counselling practice
- Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice

Entry Requirements

As this is a post qualifying course, you must be a qualified counsellor/ psychotherapist with membership to a counsellling/psychotherapy professional body (e.g., BACP, NCS, UKCP, etc.), and have completed your core training (e.g. Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling).

You must have also recieved a minimum of 40hrs of personal therapy during or after your core training.

Students must also be aged 19 or over.

Assessment Process

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

- A sessional reflective journal
- A 3,000 word essay
- A 2,000 word critique of an excerpt of a counselling session
- A 3,000 word internally assessed (mock) case study
- A 3,000 word externally assessed case study

Further Study

On completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for:

- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling
- CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision (with sufficient post-qualifying experience)

Additional Course Requirements

In addition to attending the course, students will be required to fulfil the following requirements (which are financed by the student):

- Engage with a minimum of 40hrs of personal therapy by the end of the course (this can include therapy hours accrued during prior training but a minimum of 10hrs must be completed during the course, regardless of the number of prior hours)
- Facilitate 60hrs of counselling with clients (in private practice or in a senior, decision making agency role)

How to Apply

To apply for this course, click the 'Apply Now' button on this page, or head to our application form here.

Course Dates:

This course is currently closed for applications - to be notified of when places become available please contact us via email.

The course shall be held on the 3rd weekend of each month between October 2024 to July 2025 in Basingstoke (9:30am to 4:45pm) on the following dates:

Saturday, October 19, 2024
Sunday, October 20, 2024
Saturday, November 16, 2024
Sunday, November 17, 2024
Saturday, December 21, 2024
Sunday, December 22, 2024
Saturday, January 18, 2025
Sunday, January 19, 2025
Saturday, February 15, 2025
Sunday, February 16, 2025
Saturday, March 15, 2025
Sunday, March 16, 2025
Saturday, April 19, 2025
Sunday, April 20, 2025
Saturday, May 17, 2025
Sunday, May 18, 2025
Saturday, June 21, 2025
Sunday, June 22, 2025
Saturday, July 19, 2025
Sunday, July 20, 2025


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